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Precarious PrescriptionsContested Histories of Race and Health in North America$
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Laurie B. Green, John Mckiernan-González, and Martin Summers

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816690466

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816690466.001.0001

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Diagnosing the Ailments of Black Citizenship

Diagnosing the Ailments of Black Citizenship

African American Physicians and the Politics of Mental Illness, 1895–1940

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Precarious Prescriptions

Martin Summers

University of Minnesota Press

Martin Summers This chapter argues that black physicians’ understandable preoccupation with somatic diseases such as tuberculosis, syphilis, and pellagra–diseases that allowed them to highlight the physical trauma of racism–contributed to the marginalization of those African Americans with functional mental illnesses as well as psychotherapy as a legitimate therapeutic practice.

Keywords:   Traditional healing, Ethnic Studies, Medicine, African Americans, Native Americans, Critical Race Theory, Public health, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Immigration Studies

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